lurkerwithout: (television)
Haven s.2:  Several new long-term cast additions.  Notably Jason Priestly as Son of Mayor Charm and Adam "Edge" Copeland as Dwight the Cleaner.  Plus lots of Mythology mixed in with all the Monster-of-the-Week.  Especially for Duke's family history and the coy secret back-story of Dave & Vince.  Though going from the season finale to some kind of Christmas special is kind of weird.  They should probably have moved those around in the schedule.

Moana:  Rewatch, still gorgeous with great songs and perfect line-readings from Dwayne Johnson as Maui.

lurkerwithout: (eastman)
An ok remake.  Not as good as Maleficent or the Jungle Book.  But ok.  Emma Watson is a good actor and a passable singer and Dan Stevens isa good singer and passabel actor.  Luke Evans is enjoyably hammy and dickish as Gaston and Josh Gad is more amusing than terrible.  And the FX work for Beast and the living castle was pretty good.

Moana

Dec. 16th, 2016 05:25 pm
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The musical bits were very catchy and enjoyable.  And Auli'i Cravalho voices a charming and delightful lead.  Plus Dwayne Johnson oozes charisma even when being a giant butthead.  Also I liked the swerve for the final boss confrontation.  Of course now I want a Maui/Lilo & Stitch fight kaiju movie.  With musical numbers.

Inside Out

Jul. 16th, 2015 11:57 pm
lurkerwithout: (eastman)
The use of anthromorphic avatars to reperesent Riley's inner thoughts and emotions makes this one of PIxar's more evocative movies in a while.  Though the actual "people" end up being a little less well developed then their inner avatars.  Even the glimpses of the non-Riley Joy/Sadness/Anger/Digust/Fear quintets seem to have more depth than the people they inhabit.  But definitately one of Pixar's stronger films...
lurkerwithout: (eastman)
An enjoyable and mostly fast-paced adventure movie. Though, for a movie that pushes a message of positivity over nihilism it sure does like its dead-eyed, smiling murderbot androids...

Big Hero 6

Dec. 9th, 2014 09:23 pm
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The general storyline is a fairly typical super team start-up.  It's a very well done and fun one with a more diverse cast than usual.  But still not much new here.  It's the robot Baymax and his purpose as a health provider and how that intersects with the grief of the lead character where the movie stands out.  That and the lush and vibrant visuals...

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Maleficent

Jun. 19th, 2014 12:45 pm
lurkerwithout: (eastman)
The story was more a re-imagining of Disney's Sleeping Beauty then a simple viewpoint change.  Angelina Jolie's Maleficent isn't really all that villainous.  Most of her actions are basically defensive ones against unprovoked human attacks.  Ok sure she curses one baby.  But who hasn't cursed a baby after a really bad break up?

Anyway, a pretty good version of the fairy tale and an enjoyable movie.  The fairy land is full of strange and wonderous beings.  And the three pixies make for hilariously incompetent foster parents.  And Jolie puts a lot of gravitas into the lead with just the right amount of sardonic humor...

3 Movies

Jun. 10th, 2014 09:04 pm
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Mud: Matthew McConnaughey really excells at playing Southern weirdos.  Here he's an on-the-run dude living on a sandbar after killing the son of a local Big Shot.  And gets two teens to help him restore a boat and play messenger to his girlfriend.  Lot of good work from the whole cast outside of McConnaughey actually...

In a World:  Can the daughter of one of Voice Over's great voices break thru the Boy's Club of voice over-ing and bring back the "In a World" for movie trailers?  A cute and amusing relationship comedy, lifted a bit above the run of the mill by its gimmick...

Frozen:  An enjoyable, if middle of the pack, Disney movie.  Only two really memorable songs, "Let It Go" and the Troll-matchmaking song.  Though both those were very good.  Good voice-acting all around though the story was a bit thin.  Plus the whole "You, new boyfriend!  Be in charge while I go get my sister back" bit was just so dumb.  Yes it furthers the story for whats his face.  But Queen Elsa has been Queen for like a couple hours.  And their parents had died three years earlier.  Which means their regent had to have been standing like right fucking there.  Enh, that part just really bugs me...

3 Movies

Apr. 3rd, 2013 02:46 pm
lurkerwithout: (eastman)
Dredd: Easily clears the lowest of low bars by being better than the last "Judge Dredd" movie.  Given that both movies have a core concept of Small Group of Cops vs. Apartment Hi-Rise full of Mostly Crooks, its also easy to compare this to the Raid: Redemption.  Of course the latter has the whole redemption of the brother thing.  While this one has a psychic cop and Judge Dredd shooting people in the face...

Wreck-It Ralph:  So as of right now my list of Disney movies would go Lilo & Stitch, sub-list of Pixar movies, Wreck-It Ralph.  Disney should just make more movies with kick-ass little girls in them.  Also, maybe a new Streetfighter movie starring Zangief...

Butter: At times I was thinking Ty Burrel's character was the same as from Modern Family, but he just married the wrong person.  Twice.  Also Yara Shahidi deserves a big future.  And Alicia Silverstone, while not having a lot of scenes, is pretty good playing an actual grown-up...
lurkerwithout: (eastman)
A fun movie. Lots of action and humor. Plus Julius Caesar as the Good King and Marc Anthony as his Loyal Soldier. And Dominic West as the Bad Warlord and Mark Strong as the Evil Puppetmaster. Plus Willem Defoe as the Noble Thark and Thomas Hayden Church as Jerk-Ass Thark. And the Princess and the Thark Girl actresses were pretty nice as weel even if I had to go look up what things I vaguely recognized them from. Plus its got a funny and brave and loyal alien dog monster. Yay for ugly-cute Dog Monsters!
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And this week sees the final issue of Boom/Kaboom's Darkwing Duck. Don't know what Disney and Marvel's plans are for it or the other comics in the line, but I don't think they'll include writer Ian Brill. Which is a pity, since dude really got the voices for the property. Anyway the finale has a big throwdown between Darkwing and his people teamed with Scrooge and his family all against an assortment of baddies led by Nega-duck...

The Unwritten has Tommy and his team beginning to hit back against the Written Word Cabal, all Boy Wizard style. I'm not sure if the bad guys actually have been shown to have a name yet so I'll go with mine...

And lastly for the week is more of Resurrection Man. With Mitch getting a pitch from an interested demonic party in between deaths...
lurkerwithout: (Reading cat)
New Dark Horse Presents this week. With the highpoint still being "Finder". Though Chaykin's tough-guy thief story looks to be picking up. And a nice short piece by Andi Watson about attempting to teach zombies to dance. Oh and Eric Powell of "The Goon" opens the issue up with a strong piece where a robot gets the SPAAAACE MADNESS...

The latest Darkwing Duck is the second part of a four issue cross-over with the new Duck Tales comic. So that means Scrooge and the nephews and..er..what was the girl's name? Something with Web in it? Shoot, I used to know this. Stupid old brain...

Dungeons & Dragons begins a new story arc. With dwarves who are jerks instead of the last arc's elves who were jerks. Also some kind of freak-bug 4e monster...

The nuDC Blue Beetle still has much of the same set-up, but the Scarab is more actively opposed towards Jamie as host. And the Reach is more of the slaughter everything with overwhelming force kind of aliens rather than the sneak around and take over with sneakiness kind of bad aliens...

Wonder Woman takes Hermes and Zola to a hopeful safe haven in Paradise Island. But another one of Hera and Zeus' children comes following them...

And finally Savage Dragon sees the return of Dimension X baddie Deathseed. Who attempts to overwhelm the Earth with Absorbanoid monster things. Also a back-up with Vanguard trying to think of a way to both avoid his recall notice and to keep his people's military from getting involved with Earth...
lurkerwithout: (Reading cat)
A relatively large pull this week, with Marvel seeming to decide to double down for the month. Starting with a 163.1 issue for Thunderbolts. The placement of these .1 introductory issues seems pretty random. But Parker manages to put together both a recap on the series and a fairly solid issue for the ongoing story. A brief Spider-Man cameo even serves to highlight how well Parker is at capturing individual and distinctive characterization...

Next up is a sort-of finale for Heroes for Hire. With Moon Knight, Silver Sable, Paladin and Stingray all being brought in to revisit the Hook drug trade. Leading to a well done appearance by Namor. After this the book moves to being a Spider-Island tie-in mini or one-shot. And then its due to return as Villains For Hire. Though I'm unsure how much Marvel really needs two bad guys as protagonist books...

And then, just one week after the last issue, another perfectly executed Daredevil from Waid and and artist Marcos Martin. This issue Matt fights a couple of lions...

Picked up two nuDC books this week. First off the new Blue Beetle. I've never been a big fan of writer Tony Bedard. Nothing negative, he was just always one of those guys writing a couple C-list books that I didn't follow. But I've got to say that, so far anyway, he's managed to recapture what made the original John Rogers run so good. And still add some personal touches as the book relaunches as a clean reboot. And artist Ig Guara is not too shabby either...

I also picked up the new Wonder Woman on the strength of Brian Azzarello writing and Cliff Chiang on art. Azzarello seems to be doing a more urban fantasy/horror take on the concept. The bit with the summoning of a pair of monster assassins is especially creepy...

On a lighter note a new Darkwing Duck finishes up the election story line. With Dark and his allies taking down the apparent master mind behind the recent super-villain attacks. Or have they?

And finally an especially strong fourth issue of Dark Horse Presents. No Concrete, but still a great Finder short and another solid episode of Chaykin's crime noir Marked Man. AND a new Beasts of Burden story, the start of a new supernatural thrillers Criminal Macabre and the Adventures of Dog Mendonca and Pizzboy. PLUS a brief but gorgeous Age of Reptiles piece. Really, this is the best issue so far of this new volume...
lurkerwithout: (Reading cat)
Four books this week and only one non-Marvel. And Darkwing Duck may be restarting as Marvel after it closes at #18 and Disney folds up the license to Kaboom Studios. But until then, we've got Darkwing and Launchpad running against each other for mayor. Plus another Ducktales cameo...

Still more "Fear Itself" tie-ins. Though Parker on Thunderbolts and Gage on Avengers Academy are doing pretty well with the mess they've got to work with. The Academy kids are out-powered by the Fear God/Super-Villain couple hunting them in their own base. And some of the least heroic team members are having to step-up...

Thunderbolts has more carnage in Chicago, with both teams fighting demon-y things. And several people have long-term plans that look to be coming to fruition...

Finally we've got the 2nd issue of the new Mark Waid Daredevil. With some gorgeously drawn Captain America vs. Daredevil action drawn by Paolo Rivera...
lurkerwithout: (Reading cat)
Not much this week. The Metal Men collected one-shot I wanted had some kind of line wide defect so none of the comics shops were allowed to sell it. But I do have the finale for Cinderella: Fables are Forever, with the final showdown between Cindy and Dorothy. In a blimp. Above the Deadly Desert. Which is pretty nice. Plus Roberson manages to put in an explanation as to why Dorothy was so different in Jack of Fables...

In the new Darkwing Duck, Double D announces his mayoral campaign to the citizens of St. Canard. Just as new bad guy Cat-Tankerous goes on a building destroying rampage...

And lastly another Knights of the Dinner Table. A glimpse into the world of Peewee HackMaster, Brian engaging in some hard-core rules lawyering and a set of strips about the L.A. Raiders. Yeah, I wasn't expecting that one either...
lurkerwithout: (Reading cat)
The latest Darkwing Duck has St. Canard's nocturnal protector struggling to balance his crime-fighting with his search for the missing Morgana. And a distracted focus is the last thing he needs when facing the all-new villain One-Shot...

Avengers Academy is another "Fear Itself" tie-in. With teen trainee heroes called in to aid with the evacuation of D.C. Though its sad to see Gage slip into some very overwrought writing, full of the horror of combat cliches...

Cinderella: Fables are Forever has more girl spy on girl spy action. Plus a nicely done twist on the expected inevitable betrayal pay off...

Invincible continues to settle back into life on Earth just in time for his parents to decide that they'll be heading back to Talescria as part of their way of trying to repair their relationship. But just when things look to be normalizing for Mark everything is changed by the return of..RED DINOSAUR GUY! Actually I'm fairly certain he has a somewhat better name, I just can't recall it...
lurkerwithout: (eastman)
I really need to get around to picking up the Tim Powers book this one was inspired by at some point. Oh well. The latest in the PotC franchise is a welcome step-up in quality. Not a high bar from the third movie, but still a marked improvement. Mostly this is from a script, that even with four separate factions (and some with sub-factions) the story is still easy enough to follow. Various groups racing to get to the Fountain of Youth, acquiring the necessary McGuffins along the way. Depp is great here, fully recapturing the charm of Jack Sparrow. Especially as he is pretty much alone in carrying the "good" guy role for the film. But Geoffery Rush actually tops himself from the first movie I think. And who doesn't want to see Ian McShane as Blackbeard? Commie Hippies thats who...

Good flick even if not quite at the same level as the original...
lurkerwithout: (Reading cat)
For some reason Thunderbolts is split between two pencilers this month. Can't say I care much for the pages by Declan Shalvey. Or maybe its his inks. Otherwise you've still got the A team at the haunted castle while the B team is being recruited...

Heroes for Hire continues with a Spider-Man guest spot. Making me wonder if he's switches back and forth between his classic red & blues and his new FF whites. And Spidey foes, the Sinister Six show up in Avengers Academy. Can't say I think much of the redesigns for Doc Ock and Electro. And villain Sandman is just so bland...

Darkwing Duck and company bring an end to the threat of Duckthulu. But at what cost? Also nice "Days of Future Past" parody/homage cover...

The Li'l Depressed Boy finishes up its first arc and makes sure that LDB continues to have a reason for his name...

And finally we've got KoDT Black Hands 2011 Special. With Pete's old west/fantasy mash-up running into the brick wall of the tactical role-player...

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